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posted: 4/1/2013 1:46 PM

PTA to offer 'A Night of Knowledge' educational sessions

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Submitted by Northwest Cook Region of Illinois PTAs

On Wednesday, April 3, the Northwest Cook Region of Illinois PTA presents "The Value of PTA: A Night of Knowledge" from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road, Schaumburg.

This evening of education is open to anyone interested in the health, education and welfare of all children. The event is free for members of any PTA, or $10 for non-PTA members. To register, send your name, email address, PTA name and phone number to Nicole Fentem at

Attendees will be able to choose from a variety of educational sessions, as listed below. Attendees should include the two sessions they hope to attend in their registration email. Please note that Advocacy and Resolutions is a double session.

Advocacy & Resolutions is a double session that is being presented by Barbara Quinn, Northwest Cook Region legislative assistant and Lisa Garbaty, the resolutions director for Illinois PTA. In this session, participants will learn that a long tradition of advocating for the best interests of children and families is what sets PTA apart from other parent groups. Session attendees will explore this vital part of PTA in two back-to-back workshops. In Resolutions, participants will learn step by step how to create an effective resolution, while the Advocacy session will explain how to make your voice heard at the local and state levels.

The Membership workshop, presented by Northwest Cook Region membership assistant Lori Filby, will help participants find out how to add new PTA members all year long and how to start preparing now for the next school year.

Jerry Criss is a popular presenter at Illinois State PTA conventions and is widely known as "Mr. Positive." In his session on Finding and Retaining Volunteers, participants will learn how to get people to volunteer at events, and how to find volunteers for officer and committee chair positions.

The Family Programs workshop will be led by Julie O'Hara, president of Northwest Suburban Council PTA and Julie Birenbaum, co-president of Arlington Heights Council PTA. In this round-table discussion, PTAs will share their proudest event moments, ideas and experiences.

Nicole Fentem, Illinois PTA Northwest Cook Region director, and Michele Sheppard, Illinois PTA Northwest Cook Region secretary and newsletter chairman, will present a session on Parliamentary Procedure. Participants in this workshop will learn how to keep meetings official while learning how to follow some basic procedures to run a more effective meeting.

For information on any of these programs, please contact event coordinator Tracey Coleman, Illinois PTA Northwest Cook Region Leadership assistant, at Or visit Illinois PTA Northwest Cook Region online at or

This program, which is open to all, is presented by Illinois PTA District 37 of the Northwest Cook Region. Illinois PTA District 37 currently consists of 61 local units and three councils in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

District 37 of the Illinois PTA is that part of Cook County outside the city limits of Chicago which encompasses Elk Grove, Palatine, Schaumburg, Wheeling, and Barrington Townships, plus that part of Lake County, which lies within the Barrington Elementary School District. District 37 is currently the only PTA district in the Northwest Cook Region of the Illinois PTA.